EPRS Admin By / February 19, 2016

GNI per capita vs national contributions in % GNI, 2013

GNI per capita vs national contributions in % GNI, 2013

GNI per capita vs national contributions in % GNI, 2013

Stakeholders may take into account more than just net budgetary balances when assessing the equity of the financing system. In particular, when national contributions are expressed as percentages of national GNI, one effect of the current correction mechanisms is that the financing system can be seen as regressive overall, meaning that less affluent Member States do not contribute proportionally less to the EU budget. This possible consequence of the mechanisms may be seen to contradict the Fontainebleau principles themselves, which linked the concept of excessive budgetary burden to that of a country’s relative prosperity.


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